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Ice-cream museum opens
Gelato lovers are welcome at a new ice-cream museum in Bologna. Picture: Michael O'Brien/The West Australian

Italian ice-cream machine manufacturer Carpigiani claims to have opened the world's first ice-cream museum in the small village of Anzola Emilia near Bologna.

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Visitors can see which ice-creams are made with which machines and also learn recipes dating back 200 years.

The museum is open Monday to Saturday and entry is free.

Visitors interested in making ice-cream can sign up for workshops and courses at the facility's well-equipped ice-cream university.

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